Peterborough v Doncaster Rovers: McCann moves Posh emotions to one side as Rovers chase victory

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann. (Picture: Marie Caley)
Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann. (Picture: Marie Caley)
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GRANT McCann isn’t getting overly sentimental about his return to Peterborough United today.

The Doncaster Rovers manager makes his first trip to the ABAX Stadium since being jettisoned by his former employers back in February.

McCann was reticent to delve too much into his eight-year association with the Posh ahead of Rovers’ visit to the League One table-toppers.

“I had a good time at Peterborough,” he said. “I had seven or eight years as a player, as a coach, as an assistant and as a manager.

“But things move on.

“I’m here now and I just want to focus on Doncaster to make sure we move on and have a successful season.

Former Rotherham boss Steve Evans has taken Peterborough to the top of League One.

Former Rotherham boss Steve Evans has taken Peterborough to the top of League One.

“I’m looking forward to it (going back), but we need to make sure we do ourselves proud and play the way that we know we can.”

McCann’s time in Cambridgeshire began in 2010 after being transferred from Scunthorpe United.

He went on to make over a century of appearances for Posh in the heart of the midfield and famously captained the side for their 3-0 win over Huddersfield in the League One play-off final in 2011, scoring the third goal.

After finishing his playing days back in his native Northern Ireland he returned to Peterborough as manager but was axed after 18 months.

I felt we had a few hiding from the ball and I thought that we became one-dimensional.

Grant McCann

McCann’s side make the journey south to take on a team that has made a superb start to the campaign.

Five straight wins have seen Steve Evans’ side rise to the summit of the third tier.

McCann wants a thorough improvement from his troops following a below-par League Cup exit at home to Blackpool in midweek.

“We’ve had one real bad performance and that was against Blackpool,” added McCann.

“I felt we had a few hiding from the ball and I thought that we became one-dimensional.

“We didn’t perform to the way that we know we can.

“So it’s down to me to pick the right team for the trip to Peterborough.

“We have to refocus because it’s a big game against a team that is unbeaten in the league.”